Every coach wants to go out on top and McMaster men’s lacrosse coach Ed Comeau will be doing just that, having decided to step down from his duties with the Marauders. Comeau guided McMaster to the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association (CUFLA) national championship in 2010, after winning the silver medal in 2009. In addition to coaching the Marauders, Comeau was also a player on McMaster’s first CUFLA national title team in 1987.
Taking over as head coach will be current Marauder assistant coach Jason Tallevi.
“Although I truly enjoy coaching the team, I felt it was time to pass the reigns to my long-time assistant Jason,” said Comeau, who completed 25 years of involvement with McMaster Lacrosse last fall. “The amount of time commitment has really increased, and being tied up each weekend in the fall wouldn’t be fair to my wife and boys.”
Comeau maintains a career in the National Lacrosse League (NLL) that demands a significant time commitment. He will continue with the McMaster program in an advisory role during the shift to the new coach, and will focus on building the men’s lacrosse alumni base.
Comeau’s NLL tenure has seen him named General Manager of the Year in 2009 while working with the New York Titans, and Coach of the Year in 2007 with the Rochester Knighthawks. He was also part of four NLL championship teams, while an assistant coach with the Toronto Rock
A former player for the Marauders, Tallevi has been an assistant coach with the team since 1994 and says working with Comeau has been great preparation,
“What I have learned about lacrosse, coaching and managing people has been priceless. I am very glad that Ed will still be around to help me with the transition. I am looking forward to next season.”
“It will be a tough job defending the national championship,” adds Tallevi, looking ahead to next season. “Having several returning players, who learned how much work and dedication it took to become champions should help.”